October 31, 2011

Dont Touch These Nuts

1 Recall: 5000 Pounds of Turkish Pine Nuts

The FDA has recently announced that Wegmans supermarket chain is recalling 5,000 pounds of Turkish pine nuts because of the risk of possible contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The nuts, which were offered in unlabeled plastic bulk containers and food items sold at Wegmans like Caprese salad and asparagus with pine nuts, have been linked to 43 cases of salmonellosis in California, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. While the illness usually only lasts 4 to 7 days, some cases could become fatal if not treated. Consumers who purchased nuts from Wegmans between July 1 and October 18 can either throw the nuts out or return them for a refund.

More at CNN Health | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Major Chains Recall Beef

Tags: Recall, Salmonella, Turkish Pine Nuts, Wegmans

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2 Happy People Live Longer

Being happy reduced risk of premature death by 35 percent in one study, say researchers. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research shows that people who rated their feelings of happiness higher enjoyed longer life compared to those with lower scores. MSNBC reports that the study highlights the importance of a positive outlook on life, but it was designed to examine correlations, not a cause-and-effect relationship. The five-year study by researchers from University College in London involved almost 4,000 participants who rated their feelings of anxiety or happiness on a sliding scales several times a day, starting with waking up. Researchers also recorded the number of deaths over that five-year period, and found that happier people were living longer.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: How to Live Longer, Premature Death Risk, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Secrets to Living Long Time, Importance Happiness, Ecological Momentary Assessment

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Able to Lengthen Telomeres

3 Stem Cells Created from the Elderly

Researchers at the University of Montpellier in France were able to take adults cells from people in their 90s and one centenarian and was able to create stem cells that could not be differentiated from embryonic stem cells which have the ability to differentiate into any cell type. Previous research found that obtaining induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) was not the highly effective in cells from the elderly because scientists had to overcome was cellular senescence which naturally occurs as people age because the intercellular processes degrade and stop functioning. The cells first had to be converted to adult stem cells by incubating them with the transcription factors NANOG and LIN28 to reset the cells and lengthened the telomeres which wear down with age.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Frozen Blood Can Provide Stem Cells for Research

Tags: Adult Stem Cells, Embryonic Stem Cells, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Telomeres, IPSC, NANOG, LIN28

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